Somewhere in northeastern Romania. Photo taken November 30, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

Where are they going next? Not sure. We're staying in Chisinau for a week or so.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Moving day

We moved to our "vacation" property yesterday! Nice little spot and it'll do fine for a week. Closer to the action, and a little more privacy than we have had for the last six days! Still, we enjoyed spending time with our friends in La Barra. And we'll see them again a few more times even though we've moved.

We had planned on going to the beach yesterday, but we never made it!

We were actually going to take Nataly (age 6) with us. But Nataly changed her mind when she saw we had our bags packed and she figured maybe she wouldn't be coming back either. Kids are funny sometimes. Anyhow, when we got to our new place and got things settled, we decided to go in to town and buy groceries etcetera and then just relax here for the rest of the day. Besides, Mary has Friday off work so we'll go to the beach with them that day.

There are two chain style grocery stores in Puerto Escondido. A "Super Che" and a "Bodega Aurerra". The Super Che is a bit bigger and closer so we normally go there.

But there's a problem.

Right now, you don't know from one day to the next if they're going to be open.

You've probably all heard of the missing 43 students. It's been all over the news, so I won't repeat the story here. But people are understandable upset and there are a lot of protests going on. One of the things they do as a form of protest here is to picket the major chain stores and shut them down for a day or two here and there. But since we've been here, they've been shut down more than they've been open!

The idea is that by shutting the stores down, the government loses tax revenue and is more likely to do something about it as a result. Is it effective? No idea. But it sure is frustrating to those who want to shop.

So instead, we have to try and get what we need from all of the small shops and the markets. Better for some of the locals who own those small shops and market stalls, I suppose...but not really better for us. We decided to only buy what we needed for the short term and try and head back there again today.

We love the rooftop patio here!

This fellow spends a lot of time on the wall next door.

Great sunset last night!

For our Amazon.com shoppers who are located in the U.S.,...some fantastic prices on memory cards and flash drives...


Oh, and thanks to the person who bought the beautiful Christmas tree yesterday!



23 comments:

  1. I live in Canada and we use amazon.com a lot more than .ca as the prices are often lower - even with shipping :) Lovely view. Cheers!

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    1. Generally true, but amazon.ca has also been running some good sales lately in the Deals Store, like today's Jackery chargers. Kevin and Ruth, do you also get credit from amazon.ca purchases?

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    2. Unfortunately, no. We could, but then we would have to set up an entirely new affiliate account just for the .ca sales and it would become too confusing. Same thing with .uk because we have a few readers from over there as well. But then we would have to advertise three different affiliate links. Simply not worth the added confusion.

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  2. Your header picture is fabulous. What a neat place to be. I sure hope their boycotts work. Love the name of the store, SUPER CHE. Wonder what he'd think?

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    1. The store is owned by the Chedraui chain. It's a "super" store, hence the name "Super Che".

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  3. One can't beat a rooftop patio view - lovely - enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!

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    1. I think you would love it down here. Lots of fishing for Barry too!

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  4. You definitely deserve a little alone time after all that running around you've done the last few weeks. Of course, the REAL vacation begins when you return to Sherman!

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    1. Yes, and yes! We are looking forward to four months or so in Sherman!

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  5. What a way to relax! That rooftop view is out of this world......warm breeze, blue sky, feet up, ahhhhhh.

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    1. Have to say that we are really enjoying our down time! And Puerto Escondido is definitely a good spot to enjoy it in.

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  6. Absolutely beautiful location. Loved Puerto Escondido...missing Mexico. Enjoy!

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    1. You're right it is a beautiful location. It is our favourite beach town because it is a real Mexican spot, not one that is wall to wall tourists.

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  7. Absolutely stunning pics. So jealous. Wishing we could trade places!!!

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    1. Thank you Norman and Susan! If you are up in the cold, I am sorry to say that there is no chance at all that we will trade places with you. ;-)

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  8. Sure is nice to have some alone time, enjoy it while you can.

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    1. Yes, we are certainly enjoying it!

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  9. It's all b.s. and won't do any good to picket stores. A store here and another there won't affect anything. Too many taxpayers and large companies that pay their dues. BTW, I got a letter two weeks ago from Lolita thanking me for being a timely taxpayer! No prize or discount though :) Let's just hope the violence stops or these protesters won't get anything

    Your pictures look great. Teresa and Derek say it's hot up to 92F where they are.

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    1. We totally agree with your Chris!

      It is hot here too, it is at least the same as Teresa and Derek or even a couple degrees more. We love it but have to admit we are looking forward to some slightly cooler temperatures in the mountains.

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    1. Yep, it sure is at the moment! :-)

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  11. We were there one year when striking teachers shut down some cuotas. Not a big deal, they were all smiling and practicing their English. We dropped 100 pesos into their collection bucket and were on our way.

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    1. I guess you were one of the lucky ones to get through. When we have seen the different strikes they shut things down and NOBODY gets through! We have been told this can last as long as a day or even more.

      Mary has told us that every time the teachers finish a strike, when the children go back to school the parents are always asked to pay more money for cleaning, electricity etc. She said school is supposed to be free other than uniforms and lunches. Because of these strikes more and more rural children especially, stop going to school. Oaxaca is one of the worst for amount of days children actually attend school each year. These strikes don't help anyone but the teachers.

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